There are many famous people
from Munich –
Richard Strauss and Carl Orff,
Werner Herzog, the film director
and Jeri Ryan the actress,
Marie Louis von Franz, psychologist
and King Ludwig II, the swan king
who built fairy tale castles,
Georges J. F. Köhler, biologist
Mordechai Gelmer, artist and poet.
And you, too, who died
in a McDonalds near the Olympic Mall.
We will remember you –
the sweet trueness of you,
known to your family and friends,
and the open-ended sorrow
of what you could have been.
We mourn the poem
and the music we will not hear.
All the world is less
without what you
would have built or discovered.
But mostly you are famous –
for your smile,
how you lifted your face
into God’s light.